Fellow comedian Theo Von, the host of the podcast that Roseanne made these controversial remarks, stepped forward to defend her amidst the growing criticism. During their conversation on the podcast “This Past Weekend,” Roseanne Barr and Theo Von covered a wide range of topics.
However, a particular clip from their discussion went viral, in which Barr denied the alleged rigging of the 2020 election and claimed that questioning it led to online censorship. She then went on to express disbelief in the occurrence of the Holocaust, suggesting that six million Jewish people were not killed but should have been. These comments, appearing to draw a parallel between election-related censorship and the Holocaust, incited anger among many on social media.
In response to the backlash, Theo Von took to Twitter to defend Barr, arguing that the viral moment was taken out of context. Von, whose storytelling and style of humor have gained popularity on platforms like TikTok and Instagram, clarified that Barr’s statements were not meant to be taken literally.
(Watch the full clip that was shared by Theo Von on Twitter below)
Thoe Von emphasized that the controversial segment showcased the use of sarcasm and satire, urging viewers to watch the full video to understand the context.
It is worth noting that this is not the first time Roseanne Barr has found herself embroiled in controversy. In the past, she sparked outrage when she dressed up as Hitler for a photoshoot, featuring her cooking gingerbread men in an oven.
Barr defended the stunt as a form of satire, and the photos were published in the satirical Jewish magazine Heeb. Previous incidents of the controversy likely influenced people’s reactions to this latest clip.
Despite the controversies surrounding her, Roseanne Barr continues to receive support from fellow comedians, including Theo Von and her former co-star John Goodman. Recently, Goodman expressed his fondness for Barr, acknowledging her absence and extending well wishes.
While the debate over the intent and impact of Barr’s statements rages on, this incident has once again thrust her into the spotlight and ignited discussions on the boundaries of free speech, satire, and responsible expression.